Kerry Underwood


with 12 comments

On 16 January 2019 the Law Society Gazette published a piece:

Brexit: Deadlock means new vote or no deal, says Society.

Here, I am not concerned with Brexit, but rather the Law Society, which still has official status, anonymously entering the debate in a blatantly partisan way and the Law Society Gazette anonymously reporting it, so no Law Society official or council member named and no journalist named, and then taking down my comment, which was not anonymous.

I commented at 19.06 and the comment attracted a great deal of support, and some opposition, which is the point of comments and debates.

At some stage in the following 24 hours the Law Society Gazette removed, that is censored the comment, which I set out below.

Another disgraceful contribution by a worthless body, publicized in a largely worthless publication, although I accept that this appalling piece of bias by the Law Society is at least worthy of publicity, unlike much of what appears here.

Some of us are prepared to fight to preserve democracy – I sort of thought that that was part of the role of lawyers.

Whatever your views, please RT this and generally publicize it to make it clear that, whatever our views, there should be freedom of comment in what is after all our publication.

What a state we have come to where the Law Society Gazette censors perfectly legal and decent comments by solicitors.

Judge for yourself.

Written by kerryunderwood

January 18, 2019 at 9:15 am

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  1. Well, I have to say that I am unfamiliar with the workings of the Law Society and its publications. But the headline “Brexit: Deadlock means new vote or no deal, says Society” is obviously misleading: the current situation cannot be said with certainty to lead to either a “new vote” or “no deal” ….. it really isn’t that simple and the Law Society should know it.

    Your comment obviously touched a raw nerve at the Society. Censoring the comment, though, says a lot about how they operate.


    January 18, 2019 at 9:58 am

  2. Colin

    The idea of a second referendum is extremely controversial – judges very sensibly will not even mention it – and the Law Society view is clearly at odds with Parliament’s view.

    Why on earth get into the debate ? But if you do, why then censor a comment disagreeing? Pretty obviously because I attacked the Law Society, which is a public body of which I am a member, which to use the language of those commenting on social media is indeed pathetic.

    Unless defamatory or obscene I NEVER censor any comment on any of my blogs and always approve for publication everything and I never block or mute anyone on Twitter.

    An unnamed council member or official has made a misleading and divisive statement, reported by an unnamed journalist and an unnamed censor has then removed my non-anonymous comment.

    Who do these people think they are?



    January 18, 2019 at 10:38 am

  3. The Gazette is one of the most heavily censored publications I’ve come across. I read it regularly, and the comments are often more interesting and insightful than the article itself. Yet when I go back day later a large number of those comments have been deleted.

    I would say that about a third of the comments I’ve personally posted have been deleted, even though, as in your own case, they have received a large number of `likes’. There is never any explanation for this entirely arbitrary action.

    It’s the ultimate irony that a publication that represents lawyers to whom freedom of speech is sacrosanct should operate like Pravda or Izvestiya.

    Pro Bono

    January 18, 2019 at 11:30 am

    • Very interesting – agree that comments often far better than the articles.

      Totally agree re Pravda comment – also at least Russia puts on a show of having an election for its President, unlike the Law Society.

      Frankly it and the Gazette are an embarrassment now.



      January 18, 2019 at 11:34 am

  4. They don’t like any comment that could be seen to be rocking the (establishment) boat. Many months ago I posted a comment about Jackson LJ joining Lord Woolf in augmenting their meagre pensions by moonlighting in Kazakhstan, that bastion of democracy and freedom under the law, and it didn’t last long!


    January 18, 2019 at 3:08 pm

  5. Peter

    See comment above – getting masses of emails, Tweets etc., saying same thing – seems anything controversial gets chopped. Irony is the Law Society Gazette’s tag is “Have your say” – which maybe should be “Have your say as long as you do not disagree with us”



    January 18, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    • Bit like a certain referendum, then.


      January 18, 2019 at 5:17 pm

  6. Peter

    Tried to concentrate on the censorship issue rather than the divisive issue of Brexit itself, but probably not too hard to work out my view!

    Once we are out of Europe- let’s all get out of the Law Society.



    January 18, 2019 at 5:25 pm

  7. Am I right Kerry in thinking you’re another one that considers more democracy (in the form of a second, more informative, free-of-illegal-overseas-interference referendum) is somehow undemocratic ?


    January 23, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    • The point of the piece was about censorship, not Brexit, just as I have approved and published your comment.



      January 23, 2019 at 4:27 pm

  8. And by the way I would add that your censored comment on the LG website was probably removed because it adds nothing whatsoever of substance to the debate and is just an ad hominem attack on the publication.


    January 23, 2019 at 4:27 pm

  9. Fine


    January 23, 2019 at 4:28 pm

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